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to use force in grenada back in the '80s, the former george h.w. bush did not have congressional authorization to use force when he launched troops into panama in 1989. president clinton did not have congressional authorization to use force in kosovo, as you well remember. what does this say about presidential precedent, presidential authority to use force by what the president announced just moments ago? >> well, i don't think this affects the long-term authority of the president. thomas jefferson sent the u.s. marines all the way to the shores of tripoli as the marine corps without congressional authority. as long as congress doesn't cut off the money, presidents can get pretty aggressive in what they do as commander in chief. but i think this tells you the president is getting tremendous pressure, particularly from his left. i don't think he cares about the republicans who are opposed, but i think the fact that people on the left are starting to say, you know, you better slow down and think this through. and particularly just having watched cameron lose the vote in the british
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